03/04/2010

Surrogates

Posted in my 2 cents at 6:08 am by Melly

Two nights ago, I watched the movie Surrogates…

Here’s a brief summery, basically what happens is in the near future, someone develops military equipment that allows humans to use their minds and control robots ( aka surrogates) . Later the technology because so advanced and accessable, everyone is now using surrogates, and no one is leaving their home. The main tagline of the company that makes these robots is “live life… better” Surrogates allow people to do anything they want , without worry of harming their actual bodies, such as sky diving or being run over by a car. Also, they allow people to take on any form they want, men can be women or vice versa, and all the surrogates look like beautiful super models. Now everyone can look however they want and do whatever they want, everything is done by their surrogate.

Now, to the point…

The movie of course has a plot line and all the usual stuff, but what I’m actually relating to is the fact that 98% of the human population in this movie was using a fake identity. In our actual reality, there are thousands of people also using a fake identity in things like 2nd life. In this movie, every “controller” was gray, worn out, and looked like a complete mess. Makes you wonder, how many people behind their 2nd life avatar are actually health human beings. If you can sit at your computer all day and pretend to be someone else, what happens to yourself? This movie tackles some huge problems, the creator of surrogates goes and tries to correct what he’s made , because he wants people to “live” again. So, how far exactly should be take these avatars, and when does it overtake their lives?

P.s. There will be a part 2 to this. ahaha… I figure I sound like a hypocrite since I am a devoted world of warcraft player. I should give my personal story.

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6 Comments »

  1. Elaine said,

    A very good beginning. I like that you connected the movie to SL, because I was thinking the same thing as I read your post. Your personal story with WOW is fine, just connect it back to SL and larger issues/comments about the value, problems or potential future of this kind of technology.

    Also, how did the virtual gallery in SL compare to a real gallery visit?
    Do you see SL as a viable means of representing or promoting your work, and why?

  2. Elaine said,

    Is there a value to using an avatar or surrogate, or do you see it as all negative? Can you think of any ways that it might be positive if its not addictive?

    • Melly said,

      I think there is value in having an avatar, sometimes things are not possible in life. For example in the movie, the creator of surrogate was in a wheelchair, and he invented the technology so that people like himself could do ordinary daily activities. I think the addiction that came from the movie was the fear of what was real. If you can do everything and not have any coincequences , imagine how tempting that would be.
      I can see having an avatar being an escape, I know people who are very different in real life from who they are online, because there is that shield that hides them, and they’re not afraid of what people think of them.

      • Elaine said,

        An excellent response! There is research now being done on how disabled people, such as quadrapalegics in wheelchairs, brain’s react when moving freely as an avatar. It is hoped that this brain research might lead to strategies for new cures or treatments. We have no idea what might yet be gained from using avatars.

        The shield of anonymity you spoke about is also evident when people travel. I have had some incredibly intimate discussions on a 7 hour plane trip to Europe, since there is no “impact” from what is said on the rest of your life, much like using an avatar.

        Thanks for your reply.

  3. Elaine said,

    ps – Your post on an artwork or artist is missing.

    • Melly said,

      Yes, sorry about that. I have one up now, in fact while writing it I remembered a 2nd artist someone had introduced me to, although I’m not sure he’s considered using new media, his projects are pretty though 🙂


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